Top Tips Guide for Pregnant Travelers

By on October 10, 2013

Pregnancy needn’t stop you from travelling, although there are a number of things you should consider before booking.

Flights and Insurance

Fit to fly?

Check with your carrier about their rules regarding travelling while pregnant, Many will only let you fly until a certain time before you are due: 35-36 weeks is a common cut-off point, Some will not let pregnant passengers fly over 28 weeks without a Fit to fly’ letter from a registered doctor.

Invest in Quality Travel Insurance

Every insurer has varying views on pregnancy and travel, therefore it is a important that you let your provider know that you’re pregnant, and check the policy wording to make sure they can cover your Journey.

Tips Guide for Pregnant Travelers

How many babies?

Expecting multiple children could impact on both your ability to fly AND your travel insurance, some airlines might limit your travel to 32 weeks, for example, for twins, triplets and over.

Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s:

Know your medication:

Simple medications to treat common problems like diarrhoea or travel sickness could be harmful to your child, always consult a doctor before taking any kind of drug.

Think about your destination:

Research the quality of healthcare in the country you’re planning visit. Speak to your doctor to find out what vaccinations you might need whilst there.

Don’ts:

Get stranded:

Your airline may refuse you return travel home, should you encounter problems like hypertension or a minor bleed after your seventh month of pregnancy. If you do give birth prematurely then you are likely to be refused boarding until 14 days after the birth.

Worry about x-rays:

Airport screening machines are not harmful to pregnant women and unborn babies.

General Tips:

Investigate destinations thoroughly:

1) Avoid countries at a high -risk of disease

2) Avoid physically draining holidays

Exercise on the airplane:

1) Stretch and walk around on long journeys (every hour)

2) Consider flight socks to avoid risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Keep your energy levels up:

1) Consume plenty of food and drink (bottled water)

2) Relax – avoid stress on your body

Consult your doctor:

1) Get advice before you travel

2) Pack medications and emergency contact details just in case.

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